Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.

Finalist 2018

Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.


Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP is an inspirational trailblazer, helping leaders build resilient teams to thrive through change.

Named in the ‘AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018’, Matina is also a Telstra Business Awards Finalist and was named a CPA Australia ‘Top-10 Smart Thinker’.

Among her honorary roles, Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.

A bark portrait painting of Matina was entered for the 2019 Archibald Prize, and her incredible life story has been optioned for a global feature film.

Military Trailblazer & Peacekeeper

Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17.  During her 15-year military career, Matina:

Advisor & Ambassador

Since being medically retired, Matina has campaigned for change for veterans and others in need through numerous honorary, ambassador and advisory roles, including:

Change Champion

Matina is a proud mum to busy young girls with husband Clent Jewell, and lives on the Far North Coast of NSW.

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Australian War Memorial

Matina's In-Their-Words contribution, now part of a permanent exhibition at the Australian War Memorial  (4.24s)

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ABC Australian Story Documentary

The Blue Beret – Parts I & II

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Foxtel Documentary

Foxtel ‘I Survived’ Documentary


Matina is honoured to be a Brand Ambassador for TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES (TFS) who have supported millions of Australians in financing and protecting their vehicles.

Matina and TFS are aligned in their passion and duty for serving the communities they work and live in.

As a UN Peacekeeper in the Middle East, Matina patrolled ‘The Blue Line’ for many months in her TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO.

And Matina is just as appreciative of the safety and comfort of TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO doing the school drop-off and pick-ups today.

With aligned values of respect, passion, quality, innovation, and collaboration, Matina Jewell is proud to be associated with the HOGO BOSS brand.

With sustainability and success inextricably linked, HUGO BOSS has long been Matina’s first choice as the most accessible, fashionable and innovative wardrobe. “HUGO BOSS offers high quality and comfort every time – whether I’m heading to a keynote speech from a long haul flight, or to a coffee meeting from school pick up”.

Quality, innovation, and responsibility form the foundation of HUGO BOSS sustainability strategy, and focus efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Matina was named in the
AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018′.
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AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards
Finalist 2018

AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards Finalist 2018

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) 100 Women of Influence Awards identifies Australian women championing change in business and society, and those who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women fighting for change every day.

Professional Speakers Australia
Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Professional Speakers Australia Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Matina was awarded Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) accreditation by the Professional Speakers Association Australia in 2017, being recognised internationally as a professional speaker of the highest standard.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards
Finalist 2016

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist 2016

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards recognises outstanding women and celebrates those doing business differently, redefining the conversation on female leadership at all levels of business.
Honorary roles

Project Thankful

Project Thankful Founding Ambassador

Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement to encourage all of us to reflect on how the everyday can be extraordinary. Thankful® is partnered with the United Nations for the empowerment and cessation of violence against women and children, globally.

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project was established to raise funds to construct the memorial honouring the service, courage and sacrifice of Australian peacekeepers in the service of international peace and security. The memorial opened in Canberra on 14th September 2017, the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping Missions.

ANZAC Centenary

ANZAC Spirit - ANZAC Centenary Commissioner

Matina provided advice to the Prime Minister and Government as one of the six-member ANZAC Centenary Commission, which included former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and the late Malcolm Fraser, on how to best commemorate arguably one of the most important milestones in our young Nation's history - The ANZAC Centenary from 2014 to 2018.
Recent Activity

Delighted to be at Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast for the launch of the Hugo Boss womens new season collection.

“The dress code for 2021 is smart casual.” Grant Pearce Hugo Boss Style Ambassador

@HUGOBOSS #thisisboss #goldcoastevents #goldcoastfashion #fashiontrends

Meditation has been a powerful tool in my kit bag to help me slow down my busy mind & gain clarity or focus. It has also proven useful in managing pain from my spinal injuries as well as helping my children get to sleep at night in a relaxed state.
I recommend giving it a go.

Delighted to be featured @theceomagazineglobal where I share my thoughts on critical leadership skills required by leaders across industries during challenging times.
Read feature article with link below
thanks @HUGOBOSS @kailisjewellery @susanarmstrong_

My favourite quote this week comes from Sheyl Sandberg.
Seems we all need a little more resilience building to get through this challenging period in history.  How is your resilience mindset this week & what activities can you do to help build capacity for yourself & your team?

Hang in there Victoria, not long till lockdown lifts tonight!
I figure we could all do with a laugh today. I find children’s laughter infectious, so hopefully, this footage of my daughter Kyah when she was little will kick start a smile for you today.
#resilienceinaction #humour

Humbled to be featured in the latest edition of @TheCEOMagazineG which launched today in both print & digital editions.
To read the feature article use the link below.
A heartfelt thanks @HUGOBOSS & @kailisjewellery for your ongoing support & photoshoot.

Perspective & expectation management are one of the critical pillars in my “7Ps of Resilience” framework.
To learn more about this topic head to my Resilience in Action program at 

#matinajewell #onlineprograms #resilienceinaction #keynotespeaker

Quality sleep has evaded me for years.
Ever since I was injured whilst serving as a peacekeeper with the UN during the 2006 Lebanon war, the pain has kept me awake at night.
I recently undertook a sleep study to help rectify the issues.
What techniques do you use for sleep?

My favourite quote this week is a reminder to guard & prioritize the precious resource of our time.
As we roll into the weekend, take a moment to consciously decide where you will spend your time & energy this weekend so that you’re recharged to kick off a new week come Monday.

Fantastic to share my thoughts today on the transference of leadership skills from the battlefield to business with Eric Perez & Ben Deverson.
Keep an eye out if you’d like to listen in to our chat on their podcast ‘Talking Leadership’.
#matinajewell #talkingleadership

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I admire people who are really clear on their purpose.

I know that when I am living purposefully, I feel more meaning in everything I do.

And when I take action around my purpose, I feel fulfilled.

I call this ‘dutiful’; the duty we have to ourselves to live life on purpose.

purposeful  + meaningful + actionable = fulfilment

It feels beautiful to live dutiful.